Cooper Rush
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (7) shakes hands with head coach Jason Garrett during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Before signing with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, I developed a man-crush on Cooper Rush. Studying hours of tape on all the draft prospects in preparation for the 2017 NFL Draft, I kept going back to this kid from Central Michigan that I never heard of. I noticed his noodle for an arm but he was deadly accurate and the most cerebral out of all the quarterbacks in the 2017 class.

Fast forward to after the draft, I had pegged Rush as a 5th round pick, only to see him go undrafted. The Cowboys didn’t wait long to sign the two-time captain of the Chippewas and he was set to compete with Jameill Showers for third string QB duties in Dallas.

Throughout minicamps, OTA’s and now Training Camp it has been Rush turning heads and making a serious case to make the Cowboys 53-man roster. Not only has Rush beaten out Showers for third string, he has outplayed current backup Kellen Moore and deserves to be next in line should Dak Prescott miss games for any reason.

Rush’s rise this off-season reminds me a lot of Tony Romo when he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois. It took Tony two years of riding the pine before he was given his chance to succeed in 2006. The two have similar styles of play–Tony being a little more athletic, but Cooper has the mental makeup and aptitude like Romo showed for years.

With Dak Prescott locking down the starting job, the Cowboys don’t need to rush Rush along (nice pun right?), but they shouldn’t be scared to have an undrafted rookie backing up their second-year starter.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is warming up to the idea that Rush could be the Cowboys backup when the regular season starts…

“We went into the season with a rookie quarterback (starting) last year and I don’t know that that was part of the plan to begin with,” Linehan said. “We haven’t really assessed that. We’ve still got two more games. We have a five-game preseason schedule so these next two games will factor in that. As long as guys are ready, the age of them isn’t as big a concern as you’d think.”

In Rush’s first three preseason games he has put up this stat line: 26-of-38, 283 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Compared to Kellen Moore’s numbers: 30-of-55, 382 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

“I just think he’s got that moxie, kind of that quiet confidence,” Linehan said of Rush. “He doesn’t say a lot for a guy that plays the position. But I don’t really think we have a lot of big talkers in our group. A lot of guys that play with confidence and know how to play and they show that with how they command the room with those guys in the huddle and on the ball. So really think that’s a really good trait to have. He’s been playing quarterback his whole life, through high school, through college and now he’s a rookie in the NFL so you can tell he has a really good grasp of how to play the position.”

No matter what the Cowboys decide to do with Rush–2nd string or 3rd string, he needs to be on the 53-man roster. After his showing this preseason it is highly unlikely he would make it through waivers and be placed on the Cowboys practice squad. Let Rush develop with Linehan for a couple of years and I truly believe the Cowboys will have the second-coming of Tony Romo on their team.

Read Cooper Rush’s NFL Profile here

 

 

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